Materials

All great products start at the source, see what materials we use when crafting our goods.

English Bridle & Harness

We use english bridle and harness full grain and vegetable tanned leather on the majority of our products.
These two leather types are drum-dyed and hot stuffed to bring out the leather's natural grain.
The process for vegetable tanning hasn't changed much in the past 100 years and is much slower than chrome tanning, but the results are stunning.
Vegetable tanning takes about six weeks and uses natural ingredients such as tree bark.
Our leather comes from one of the oldest operating tanneries in the United States.
Learn more about Wickett & Craig's history and their method of tanning:


Harness Leather:
Using an exclusive blend of waxes, oils and tallows, we hot stuff these leathers to bring out their inherent beauty.
Through a traditional process called jack glazing, oils are brought to the surface to create a glossy finish that never masks the leather’s natural grain.

Wickett & Craig Harness Leather - RussetWickett & Craig Harness Leather - Buck Brown

English Bridle Leather:
Labor-intensive and incredibly appealing, English Bridle is a traditional leather with a variety of uses.
Drum dyed and hot stuffed, English Bridle is smooth, flexible yet durable.
Beautiful crafted with a flawless, even surface.

Wickett & Craig English Bridle Leather - Medium BrownWickett & Craig English Bridle Leather - Tan
Wickett & Craig English Bridle Leather - Black



Shell Cordovan

Shell Cordovan is the art of tanning at its finest. More than just a color, it is a very specific leather, from a particular part of a horsehide.
The irregular oval shaped shells are tanned, stuffed, shaved, and then polished – a process taking at least six months.
Each shell is slowly steeped in gentle vegetable liquors. The shells are genuine hot stuffed then slicked onto glass frames to dry.
Each shell is hand curried and shaved by highly skilled artisans to expose the shell. Dyes are hand rubbed on for a deep aniline finish.
Finally, the shells are hand glazed to achieve the rich, glossy look and feel prized by fine craftsmen.
Shell cordovan is produced by only a handful of tanneries in the world and our shell cordovan comes from 
Horween (USA) which has been tanning leather for over 100 years.

Horween Shell Cordovan:
Horween Shell Cordovan - Color 8Horween Shell Cordovan - Black
Horween Shell Cordovan - Natural WhiskeyHorween Shell Cordovan - Dark Cognac


What To Expect

Since we use vegetable tanned leathers, you can expect an initial stiff and tight fit.
Just like a pair of good boots, the leather will break-in, become softer, and gain patina over time.
We keep it to a minimum, but some marks or scars may be present on the leather as we only use full grain leathers.
Due to the nature and variations in each hide of leather, the color may appear slightly different than the product photos.